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Courses & Curriculum

The School of Dental Medicine is one of the top dental schools in the nation. Our clinically oriented curriculum is well integrated with our School of Medicine for their first year in joint didactic training and hospital-based clinical rotations. For additional information on the Learning focused, Experiential, Adaptive, Rigorous and Novel (LEARN) curriculum please visit the School of Medicine

Basic Science Curriculum:

MED 500D Basic Mechanisms of Disease
The Basic Mechanisms of Disease component of the Biomedical Building Blocks is divided into several thematic areas: basic cell and tissue histology, general mechanisms of disease including cell injury and repair, cell death, and envionmental disease, neoplasis, including tissue changes in response to cance, molecular mechanisms of cancer, carcinogenesis tumor invasion and metastasis, and tumor immunology; hematology, including components of hemostasis (control of the coagulation pathway including bleeding and thrombosis), components of blood, and pathophysiology of anemias, leukemias, lymphomas, and stem cell malignancies; and characteristics of diseases of the skin (dermatology) including inflammatory, infectious, neoplastic and pigment disorders.

MED 500B Molecular Foundations of Medicine
Molecular Foundations of Medicine covers fundamental principles and concepts of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and human genetics. The material in this course is presented within a framework of human health and disease. It provides the fundamental building blocks of knowledge for learning about pathology, pathophysiology and pharmacology, and is essential for future physicians and dentists.
*11 weeks, Dr. El-Maghrabi and Dr. Schechter

HBA 521 Gross Anatomy of the Head, Neck & Trunk
A lecture and laboratory with emphasis on dissections of the human head, neck, and trunk. Includes functional and topographic anatomy, embryology, clinical correlations, and an introduction to radiology.
*141 course hours, Dr. Krause

HBA 531 Nervous System
Surveys functional neural systems integrated with laboratory studies of the structure and organization of the human central nervous system.  Topics include sensory and motor systems and the autonomic nervous  system. 
*88 course hours, Dr. Kritzer

HBY 521B Physiology
A graduate-level introduction to the physiology of the organ systems with ultrastructural correlations. Ultrastructural correlations are demonstrated in a laboratory setting using histological preparations in conjunction with electron micrographs illustrating the relevant ultrastructure needed to understand the normal functioning of tissues and organs. The physiology of the major organ systems is addressed in a lecture format with the emphasis on problem solving. Relevant clinical correlations are addressed at the end of each block in so far as they illustrate how symptoms and signs of disease result from disordered physiology. Medical Physiology addresses the structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal, reproductive, and integumentary systems. 
*128 course hours, Dr. Spector

MED 500C Pathogens and Host Defense
Introduces the nature and causes of disease, death, reaction to injury, and repair. Analyzes associated structural changes in cells and tissues, with reference to their functional correlates.
*104 course hours, Dr. Fleit 

Review the HSC Bulletin for additional information on the School of Dental Medicine and our courses. 

*course hours are subject to change